Trust Bank donates D500,000 to GRTS for AFCON coverage

Jan 11, 2022, 12:28 PM | Article By: Ali Jaw

Trust Bank Ltd. on Friday donated D500,000 to the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) for full coverage of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) games, which started two days ago in Cameroon.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at GRTS Head Office, Njillan Senghore, Trust Bank’s managing director, said: "It is with pleasure and utmost humility that I stand before you today. Like most Gambians, we at Trust Bank Limited are very excited at The Gambia’s maiden qualification to the AFCON games. It is therefore very fitting that we are here today to lend our support to the country in general and to GRTS in particular.”

She added that the unifying force of sports is critical and speaks volumes about the power and universality of sports. "It is a universal language, enjoyed by players and spectators alike. We are excited that our scorpions have a strong team going into the competition. It is an opportunity to be in the headlines in a positive way and to showcase our stars, some of whose skills may have been overlooked. It is also an opportunity to be part of an event that is rich in talent and potential. Congratulations to the Scorpions for this wonderful achievement."

Senghore reiterated that for the next one month or so, the AFCON games are guaranteed to bring Gambians together in a way few other activities can, saying unfortunately, not all can go to Cameroon to watch the Scorpions play and this is why GRTS’s role in this event is critical.

"We can all attest to the fact that media coverage is not cheap generally, moreso live coverage of the AFCON matches from Cameroon. It is therefore against this background that the Bank thought it fitting to support GRTS in their bid to meet the cost of broadcasting these games for the benefit of all Gambians."

Senghore added that Trust Bank Ltd. understands the value of effort, team work and partnership to maximize the impact of critical sectors for the good of the country.

"We have also spent hundreds of thousands in support of sports, education and disaster relief this past year. As a Gambian Bank, we represent a powerful symbol for national identify and it is in that spirit that we are here today to present this donation of D500, 000.00 to GRTS."

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Trust Bank Ltd, Senghore thanked the Director General of GRTS Malick Jéng, and wished the Scorpions the best of luck as they await their first appearance on Wednesday.